After a summer of complete nose to tail revisions, "Hard Winter Trail" is now in the hands of "Original Cast Foundry" in Buena Park, California, and will have its public debut November 21st at "The Chama" in Clairmont, California, we'll post details and directions soon.

"Tell me about your picture honey". I think I was asked that a few times as a child, and have recently asked that of my god-daughters, it's fine for children but not a question that I think should be necessary of works in a gallery. Adult art should tell its own story, inspire the viewer to not just look at, but to become a part of, encourage them to embellish the story, and develop the personalities and lives of the characters themselves - to touch the sculpture with both their fingers and their heart.
Since the mid 1980s I've been making my living sculpting toys and collectibles - most likely you've either played with them yourself, or found them with bare feet in the middle of the night. Now, twenty some years of delayed gratification have finally allowed me an excursion from those professional mechanics, and granted me the opportunity to create from the heart. I have a great deal of respect for the ranch hand, the cowboy, the guy who busts his tail when the weather is beautiful, or fierce, shine, rain, hot, cold, doesn't matter, there's a job that has to be done and requires a person of skill, resolve, and integrity; but my love is for his right hand - or paw, partner.
For some, dogs are fashion accessories, for others, a mask to show the world that they're tougher than they really are, for some, just a tool, to others, a nuisance, but I can't relate to any of those folks. These sculptures are about relationships, for those who look forward to the wagging tail, the happy face, the wild excited run through the house, the bow and howl greeting when they get home; those who understand the bonds that we have with these wonderful, loving, loyal, empathetic, forgiving, humorous, and, hopefully, furriest members of our family. I do hope that you can relate to the stories that they tell, and that they make you want to give your dog a hug, and throw a soggy tennis ball… one more time … just once more… ok, last time…. that'll do.

Jim Rogers